Qualcomm scored a victory today (March 15) in its ongoing lawsuit against Apple for mobile phone patents when a jury awarded $ 31 million in damages to the chipmaker.
Credit: Tom's Guide In particular, the jury of the US District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X are violating two of Qualcomm's patents, and the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X also hurt a third one. [1
"From a monetary point of view, this is not a win all – both sides have probably spent as much as t." The amount of legal fees, "said Avi Green gart, founder and senior analyst of the research firm Techsponential. "However, this sets a precedent that Qualcomm's IP is valuable, including patents on elements of a phone that are not directly related to cellular standards."
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The quarrel over Apple Qualcomm goes back two years. Apple claims Qualcomm is charging royalties for things it has nothing to do with. Qualcomm counters that its patents, which cover the connection of mobile phones to wireless networks, are essential to today's smartphones and require recognition and royalties.
"The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others enabled Apple to get into the market so quickly," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's executive vice president and general counsel, in a statement announcing the legal gain. "The three patents that have been found violent in this case represent only a small fraction of Qualcomm's valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents."
Apple, for its part, expressed disappointment at the verdict in a statement submitted to Tom's Guide. "Qualcomm's continued campaign for patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the bigger problems facing her in her business practices before the US federal and international courts," the statement said.
vs Qualcomm is Much Larger
Qualcomm's victory today includes a case that is just one of many lawsuits being conducted in courtrooms around the world. The most significant case will be brought to trial in San Diego next month as a federal judge is considering whether Apple owes Qualcomm royalty payments to the iPhone. Qualcomm also awaits a judge's ruling in a January case where the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Qualcomm was applying anti-competitive practices when licensing its patents.
"The next month's licensing case [between Apple and Qualcomm] will affect billions of dollars in fees paid by Apple and most of the phone companies Qualcomm," said Greengart. "In this case, the stakes are higher: the dollar amounts are dizzying and go into the core of Qualcomm's business model."
Today's decision is likely to have little impact on your future iPhone, but that could change as far as the results of future legal cases. "We'll have to see how the other, larger case develops next month, but it could certainly affect the dollar value associated with the standard wireless standard IP standard," said Greengart.
Qualcomm last scored two legal hits year overseas. In China, a court ruling in favor of Qualcomm that Apple infringed the chipmaker's patents, despite Apple's appeal for this decision, issued a software update to bring the iPhone into line with the court's ruling. In Germany, Apple was not so happy when a Munich court blocked the sale of certain older iPhones that use Intel chips. Other Qualcomm claims against Apple have been rejected in some German courts.